Dreamcleaver

by VHOD

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The debut full-length album by VHOD, released via INVERSE RECORDS November 13, 2015.

Physical CD also available at: www.inverse.fi/shop/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=532

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released November 13, 2015

All Music Written and Performed by Chris Shaver.

Recorded March-July 2015 @ Artery Studios by Chris Shaver.
Additional Keyboards Recorded November/December 2013 @ September Sun Studios and April 2014 @ Artery Studios.

Cover art, 'Incubus', by Jeni Fitts www.facebook.com/provokingdrama and used with kind permission.

Post Mastering Services by Mike Schoonmaker @ Gigantic Mastering.

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VHOD Armstrong, British Columbia

VHOD was conceived by sole member Chris Shaver in early 2014. VHOD is essentially a merging of Chris's past projects GODCURSED, MORBID DARKNESS and WORMS OF THE BIRTH. Though those projects are now defunct and will no longer be active, VHOD will continue the musical and conceptual itinerary of those projects as well as introducing newer and more progressive elements. ... more

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Track Name: Still The Blood
Disdain everywhere around you, in every fibre of being
As this world falls into its ruin, believing is seeing
The powers clash they're gone they won't come back
This view will be your last
Wait now for the imminent attack
Before it fades to black

Dawn of time, reason's rhyme, born as something, not divine

Refrain from any view that lives in you, every opinion is wrong
Servitude, it's all that they want from you, it's where the humans belong
The powers clash they're gone they won't come back
This view will be your last
Wait now for the imminent attack
A proverbial knife in your back

Dawn of time, reason's rhyme, born as something, not divine
Ages past, shadows cast, born as something, turned to ash

Still, still the blood
Spill it in the earth where your life came from
Back into the old black earth, your blood - Still The Blood
Still, still the time
Thrown into a void where they burn you all alive
With no one left, who can be right?

Strengthen all the defences, waste our only resources
The human race shall see despair
Strengthen all the defences, waste our only resources
And the elite are sent elsewhere

Build their alien colonies, with all the blood of the billions deceased
Continuum from the cast off seed
On another cosmic corpse the maggots feed

[solo]

Dawn of time, reason's rhyme, born as something, not divine
Ages past, shadows cast, born as something, turned to ash

Still, still the blood
Spill it in the earth where your life came from
Back into the old black earth, your blood - Still The Blood
Still, still the time
Thrown into a void where they burn you all alive
With no one left, who can be right?
Track Name: The Spectre's Behest
It lives between the worlds on a plain that is still unlearned
What it feels is what is wrong but what is real
It wanders with the shades in a place which breeds decay
Disciplined in what was once so right but now negates

Negates, that which once was right now it negates

Your sanity drifts on the precipice beneath a sky which doesn't exist
Climb and fall, curse it all, but live by it
Haunted visions come to call, trapped inside when the tower falls
Sickened by what was so right now they deface

Deface, that which once was right they now deface

Like a worm in a corpse's face, making holes eating souls
Like a moonless winter night, chill the skin before the bite

All will be dead, at their behest
All will be dead we'll be
At their behest, all will be dead
At their behest will be death will be

Red - raining from the sky
Nowhere left to run with your death so nigh
Rancid faces, defiled places
Haunted by their spirits ever more
Dreadful sleep comes easy when
You wish you were never fucking born

[solo]

Like a worm in a corpse's face, it takes what it wants, it satiates
Look not deep into the light, at the spectre's behest
It may be the last time

All will be dead, at their behest
All will be dead we'll be
At their behest, all will be dead
At their behest will be death will be

Red - raining from the sky
Nowhere left to run with your death so nigh
Rancid faces, defiled places
Haunted by their spirits ever more
Dreadful sleep comes easy when
You wish you were never fucking born
Track Name: On The Tree Of Woe
Damned, cursed and ostrascised
Judged by one who lives a lie
Question not fade into the fray
Edge of earth, dusk of day, throw it all away

And now you're on the tree, nailed on the tree of woe

Dragged into the barren sands
Seven days the sun turns black
Question not fade into death
Edge of earth, darkest day, there is nothing left

And now you're on the tree, nailed on the tree of woe

Tendons strain, numb with pain, foetid stain, wellspring drains
Septic wound, demons loom, wretched earth, in death - rebirth

Empty eyes, watch me die, wasteland plain, twilight pain
Whispers loud, focus clouds, rattled death, your last breath

[solo]

Orbital, cyclical, isochronal
Like the rising chimera
A wandering nightmare
Bloody, but ephemeral

The end will come like the seasons fade
As life turns stale and the eyesight fails
The taste of sickness, familiar and keen
Bring tears to drying eyes, tears that are unseen
Gleaming from the horizon, a once familiar face
Trying hard to focus but all hope is washed away

And now you're on the tree, nailed on the tree of woe
Track Name: So Pass Away/Locus Mortis
Lies fill my eyes
As I pass away I see the lies

Locus Mortis, storm this fortress, my straw the shortest
This wretched place of death

Climb atop this plain
Before the dawn shall come
I'll have thrown it all away

Locus Mortis, storm this fortress, my straw the shortest
This wretched place of death

Locus Mortis, Locus Mortis
Swim with the Hydra, sever every head
Nine times two hundred, never will it be dead
Locus Mortis, Locus Mortis
Spun into the maelstrom, forced myself to shore
Undertow of existence pulls be back ever more

[solo]

I've put up a futile fight
Fate decided, hate inside me
I am a flickering light
Once shining, now dying

Locus Mortis, Locus Mortis
Swim with the Hydra, sever every head
Nine times two hundred, never will it be dead
Locus Mortis, Locus Mortis
Spun into the maelstrom, forced myself to shore
Undertow of existence pulls be back ever more
Forever more

The chasm opens, the mouth of death
It thirsts for blood, blood it shall get
A reclamation, untimely end
The chasm opens, my place of death
Track Name: Dragon Sand
Journey into the eastern wastes
Into the barrowed lands
Making the pilgrimage
To find the dragon sands
To bring vengeance for my fallen kin
I've got a torrid plan
Extricate the poisoned grains
Eliminate them all, decimate them all

They shall ignore your constant cries
As the heart inside you so slowly dies
A funeral for how you truly feel
In dark and bitter symphonies

[solo]

Come forth, come fifth
Come forth, with fists
You will wake, you will fade
As nothingness you will remain

They shall ignore your constant cries
As the heart inside you so slowly dies
A funeral for how you truly feel
In dark and bitter symphonies
Track Name: Reap The Harvest
They've sown the seeds of hate
Destroy what we create
And now they will reap the harvest
Embed in all of us
An end so ominous
And now they will reap the harvest

Our freedom is a lie, the threat is lurking night
Forsaken gift of life
Deteriorating minds, by faith betrothed and blind
Bereft to humankind

We let them run with it and downplay all their sin

The gleaming blades of scythes approaching in the night
Harvest the gift of life
Under a crimson sky on ground once hallowed lie
Exit of humankind

We let them run with it and downplay all their sin

They've sown the seeds of hate
Destroy what we create
And now they will reap the harvest
Embed in all of us
An end so ominous
And now they will reap the harvest

Ruin is all that is left
After the flood of pain and death
A world revolves, spent and bereft
The corpse of consequence

[solo]

Entombed in exigence
After the fire, the pain, the death
A world revolves, of life bereft
The corpse of consequence

They've sown the seeds of hate
Destroy what we create
And now they will reap the harvest
Embed in all of us
An end so ominous
And now they will reap the harvest
Track Name: Now Underground
Dreadful longing, distant calling, within falling again
Waking hollow, rise fast fall slow, hold on before you let go

All is lost can't be found
Once in the sky now underground

Now underground

Once had every thing that you'd need, now all fades away again
A deep seed growing, root bound, a parody
Of what your life used to be

All is lost can't be found
Once in the sky now underground
A cruel cost the woe resounds
Once in the sky now underground

Now underground

[solo]

All is lost can't be found
Once in the sky now underground
A cruel cost the woe resounds
Once in the sky now underground
Track Name: Flesh For Our Swords
Faith through fearing, domineering
Push the message, the message is death
Hateful worship, falsehoods, bullshit
They all need it, it makes them feel alive

"Flesh for our swords, blood for his words"
A plot to take us from this world
"Judgement in time, deservingly die"
Such things are far beyond absurd

Intelligence complex, idiocies apex
In a world that lets this barbarism thrive

"Flesh for our swords, blood for his words"
A plot to take us from this world
"Judgement in time, deservingly die"
Such things are far beyond absurd

Soon you will be all, flesh for our swords
The guillotine will fall, blood for his words
The swords, they'll sing, flesh for our swords
Slaughter you like pigs

Ingrained despair
No will no cares
The walls all stand around us

[solo]

Turn the tables, make them see
Let them taste their own heresies

Soon you will be all, flesh for our swords
The guillotine will fall, blood for his words
The swords, they'll sing, flesh for our swords
Slaughter you like pigs
Track Name: Dreamcleaver
Behind the things we see hide countless travesties
Opened eyes won't close back once you've stepped from the path
A brutal irony

Sentenced awakening or just a waking dream
Subconscious infamy fruit fallen from the tree
Decay stems from the seed

Nightmare of a nightmare sentience without care
Plunge into agony drowning in apathy
A brutal irony - that's right

Symmetry is razed, imbalances are made
You'll wish you had not gone so far astray

Dreamcleaver

[solo]

Creeping inside a dark corner of your mind
The cleaver of dreams the bringer of fear in the night

Cerebral shades haunt your world flaunting their reign
The cleaver of dreams master of pain it's insane

This makes you insane!

Armed with the truth, isolation is absolute
The cleaver of dreams imprisoned you, can't break loose

A darkness feeds takes from your spirit all that it needs
The cleaver of dreams, deceiver it seems, is in your mind

This thing imprisons you, you cannot hide, it's in your mind

Symmetry is razed, imbalances are made
You'll wish you had not gone so far astray

Dreamcleaver

[solo]